Craig Liddle

Youngsters set for derbies

by Stuart Vose

Double-header against Magpies coming up.

Sunderland’s under-21 and under-18 sides are preparing for forthcoming derby action.

Both sides take on Newcastle United within the next few days, starting with Craig Liddle’s youth side.

The young Black Cats take on the Tynesiders at the Academy of Light this Saturday (KO 11am).

Then it’s the turn of Kevin Ball’s under-21s as they travel to the Sports Direct Arena next Tuesday (September 18).

The development squad have played only one league game so far and should be involved in another entertaining derby encounter.

The Black Cats ran out 3-0 winners at the Stadium of Light last season before the two sides drew 3-3 on Tyneside in the return fixture.

SAFC TV subscribers will be able to listen to full match commentary on the under-21s game at the Sports Direct Arena courtesy of Stuart Vose and former Sunderland captain Gary Bennett.